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The History of Alaska
The land, people, and education
Berring explorered AK's NW coast, established Russian claim to the territory
The first Russian ships arrive; Russia claims the land. Trappers establish a fur trade.
Father Ioann Veniaminov appointed Bishop of Sitka and Alaska
New Archangel Seminary opens in Sitka with 54 students
Fort Yukon established
No civil government in Alaska
U.S. Secretary of State William Seward convinces the government to buy Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. The purchase is ridiculed as "Seward's folly."
Sheldon Jackson establishes his first AK mission in Wrangell
First Organic Act passed/Steamships begin bringing tourists
Sheldon Jackson is the Federal Education Agent for Alaska.
Gold is discovered in the Klondike River, sparking the Klondike Gold Rush. Tens of thousands of treasure-seekers pour into Alaska.
Liquor licensing system implemented in Alaska
Local communities authorized to found school boards
Alaska Agricultural and Mining School opens; later becomes University of Alaska
President Warren G. Harding drives the last spike in the Alaska Railroad, connecting southern harbors like Seward and Whittier to Alaska's interior.
Alaska Natives recieve US Citizenship
During World War II, the Japanese capture two Aleutian islands. The next year, U.S. forces retake them.
Alaska Highway opened to civilian traffic
First edition of "We Teach in Alaska" issued to remote AK teachers
Alaska becomes the 49th state in the Union.
The Good Friday Earthquake strikes Alaska. It is the most powerful quake ever recorded in North America.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline is completed. Oil flows from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez.
The Exxon Valdez tanker spills 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, polluting about 1,300 miles of coastline. Cleanup takes more than three years
Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin is chosen by John McCain to run for Vice President on the Republican Party ticket
The minimum wage jumps from $5.65 to $7.15, giving Alaska the highest minimum wage on the West Coast/50th Anniversary of Alaska Statehood
Ted Stevens, who served as Alaska's U.S. Senator from 1968 until 2008, is killed in a plane crash with four others near Dillingham on August 9
Lance Mackey wins his 4th Iditarod race
Bering Sea cyclone was one of the most powerful extratropical cyclones to affect Alaska on record
United States House of Representatives election in Alaska was held on Tuesday, November 6
a single-engine de Havilland Canada DHC-3 Otter, operated by air charter company Rediske Air, crashed and burst into flames at Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska. The sole crewmember and all nine pa
Aleutian Islands earthquake occurred on 23 June at 11:53 HADT (UTC-9) with a moment magnitude of 7.9 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of VI
Sockeye Fire was a 2015 wildfire that occurred near Willow, in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Alaska. By the time the fire was contained, 7,220 acres (29 km2) of land had burned
Old Iliamna earthquake struck in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska near Iliamna at 1:30 AM AKST on January 24, 2016. The quake was centered approximately 162 miles (261 km) from Anchorage, and 65 miles
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